Student’s Research Lauded by Genetic Society of America

December 5, 2013

Ann Josette Ramirez ’14 has received an award from the Genetic Society of America to present research at the society’s 55th Annual Drosophila Research Conference in San Diego in March. Her poster, “Exposure of larvae to Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) causes dysregulation of the dTOR signaling pathway in Drosophila melanogaster,” explores the effects of an acid on a species of fruit fly.

“Such innovative research being conducted by undergraduate students is a refreshing indication of great things to come in the future of the genetics community,” said Dr. Beth Ruedi, director of education and professional development for the Genetics Society of America. “Dr. Sheryl Smith should be commended for excellent mentoring along with Arcadia University.”

Ramirez is one of 11 students to win the Victoria Finnerty Undergraduate Travel Award and will present her research to more than 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and others in the higher education community and genetics industry.

“A fundamental part of science is the presentation of one’s work to fellow scientists,” said Dr. Helen Salz, chair of the Finnerty Award review committee and a professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. “The number of extraordinary undergraduates conducting significant research far exceeded the number of awards we had available.”